32 Days of Halloween Part VIII: Coffee Takes Manhattan — Begins HERE

Daffy Duck and Witch Hazel: A Haunting We Will Go

Oh my stars and garters, can it really be that time again? Yes, by my sainted uncle’s liver–the fourth hand on the Ouija Board tells me that it’s time. October storms forth and takes the last day away from September (which, let’s face it, wasn’t really using it anyway) and thus we declare Year Eight of 32 Days of Halloween. Because thirty-one day Halloween celebrations are for pussies.

Generally speaking, we begin each year with some form of cartoon, alternating between Disney and Looney Tunes. It’s Looney Tunes time again, which led me naturally to the final Looney Tunes appearance of Witch Hazel (voiced by June Foray) in A Haunting We Will Go from 1966.

But very quickly it became clear that we had two other “Haunting We Will Go” films out there–and they deserved a place as well. First things first. Daffy Duck, kick us off, sir.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:08+00:00 September 30th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|2 Comments

13 Days of Xmas 2010, Day 7: The Great Santa Claus Caper

Raggedy Ann and Andy: The Great Santa Claus Caper

So during 32 Days of Halloween we brought you the Raggedy Ann and Andy special. I’m no huge fan of the characters myself, but one cannot deny Chuck Jones, who directed that special. But another holiday special came along for Christmas, The Great Santa Claus Caper. Ann is played by June Foray and Andy by Daws Butler. The role of Alexander Graham Wolf is by Old-Time Radio star Les Tremayne. Caper is currently not in print on home video.

This because we couldn’t find another new (and good) literal Christmas song like last year. Previously Rob had told us about “Fairytale of New York” and our original year we watched some fantastic television specials.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:45:24+00:00 December 19th, 2010|13 Days of Xmas|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IV, Day 28: A Raggedy Halloween

Raggedy Ann and Andy: The Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile

It only takes the opening shot of Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Pumpkin Who Couldn’t Smile to realize (or remember) you’re dealing with a Chuck Jones cartoon here. June Foray is the voice of Ann while Daws Butler is the voice of Andy and they have to try and change a family’s attitude about Halloween while having to deal with a very sad pumpkin.

Of course, these days the pumpkin patch owners would have medicated the pumpkin. But this was 1979, a “less englightened” time.

Speaking of less enlightened, this apparently has never seen a DVD release, from what I can tell.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:46:51+00:00 October 27th, 2010|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IV, Day 13: Monster Hits

Jeffrey Jones as the Magic Mirror

Day 13 is about Halloween television specials. And this year, here’s a bit of a weird treat: the year is 1987. DTV was the Disney Channel’s answer to MTV, featuring music videos comprised of footage from the studio’s vast archive of material coupled with popular music.

This was their Halloween special, which featured Jeffrey Jones as the Magic Mirror, with vocal work including that of June Foray and Maurice LaMarche. It’s basically what you would expect: popular music with a Halloween bent along with appropriate Disney clips. It’s worthwhile just to see the array of stuff they coupled with ELO’s “Evil Woman,” in my opinion.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:47:28+00:00 October 12th, 2010|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Halloween Day 14: Broom-Stick Bunny

Broomstick Bunny

So Day 14 has generally been up for grabs. Last year we watched the Paul Lynde Halloween Special. Which, seriously, if you haven’t seen, you need to. No lie. And when you’re done with that–I started to look for other Halloween specials. And there’s Bugs Bunny in that list, yes, but if you’re going to watch what’s ostensibly a Halloween clip show, you might as well just watch a cartoon instead. So here’s “Broom-Stick Bunny” from 1956. It’s Bugs, it’s Mel Blanc, it’s Chuck Jones. What more do you need? Oh, well, June Foray as the witch–you need that too, naturally.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

This short is available on Volume 2 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, fully restored and looking amazing. I strongly recommend you pick it up if you haven’t already.

And for more goodness, we checked out the original Frankenstein trailer two years back.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:58:32+00:00 October 13th, 2009|32 Days of Halloween|1 Comment

Bullwinkle’s June Foray and Bill Scott

Here’s a great segment from 1985 that talks to June Foray and Bill Scott about their career providing voices for many of the characters appearing in Rocky & Bullwinkle. As Mark Evanier points out (in his post, which is where we found this), this might actually be Scott’s last public appearance before his death.

This is a great find, since the previous video we had posted of Foray and Scott got yanked.

Direct link for the feedreaders.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:23:45+00:00 December 12th, 2007|Animation|0 Comments

Bullwinkle Veterans June Foray, Bill Scott and William Conrad Show Off Their Vocal Chops

Mark Evanier has all the details, but here’s the gist: it’s a snippet from a 1982 TV show where June Foray and Bill Scott (voices of Rocky and Bullwinkle respectively, along with craploads of other voices you know) trade off showing their stuff. Also, Evanier says that this the only footage he’s ever seen of William Conrad (Cannon, “The Fatman,” and narrator of umpteen other shows) doing narration on camera in his Rocky & Bullwinkle voice. And that means it’s pretty goddamn rare.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:30:22+00:00 July 2nd, 2007|Animation|0 Comments

Santa Claus is Coming to Town (1970) and The Little Drummer Boy (1968) – DVD Review

Santa Claus is Coming to Town DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by Romeo Muller
Directed by Jules Bass & Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Santa Claus Stars the voices of Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees, Robie Lester

Drummer Boy Stars the voices of José Ferrer, Paul Frees, June Foray, Ted Eccles, Greer Garson

Released by: Sony Wonder.
Rating: NR.
Region: 1
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Avoid it.

Ever wonder why Santa (Rooney) wears a red suit? Ever wonder why he comes down a chimney? Ever wonder how he became the man who delivers all those presents to all the good little boys and girls every year? Ever wonder how he became immortal? (Well, after all, there can be only one…) Well, all you need to do is watch this show and you’ll see all this and more!

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By | 2017-09-25T00:02:43+00:00 December 7th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments

Frosty the Snowman (1969) & Frosty Returns (1993) – DVD Review

Frosty the Snowman DVD

Film:
DVD:

Features:

  • Animator’s Original Pencil Test from Frosty
  • Other Golden Books Titles
  • Introduction by Arthur Rankin

Released by: Sony Wonder.
Rating: NR.
Region: 1
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Avoid It.

Frosty the Snowman

Written by Romeo Muller
Directed by Jules Bass & Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Starring the voices of Jimmy Durante, Billy De Wolfe, Jackie Vernon, Paul Frees, June Foray

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By | 2017-09-25T00:02:48+00:00 December 7th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments